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About Us

The University of Arizona, with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Skoll Global Threats Fund, is giving the community a voice through the power of technology. Kidenga is an app developed to help detect illnesses in communities. Your participation could help us identify the spread of the Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses and the activity of the mosquitoes that may carry them. These mosquitoes are found throughout the United States. The Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses can be serious diseases. Zika virus infection can cause catastrophic birth defects.

Why an App?

Using smartphones to let communities share information about illnesses and mosquito activity is a modern and convenient way to alert communities when an outbreak might be starting. Detection of mosquito activity and illness in specific regions may alert health officials and help prevent the spread of these viruses. While many health organizations monitor diseases, few ask the community to help detect outbreaks.


Our mission with Kidenga is to make our mosquito monitoring process more transparent. In creating this tool, we ask that you share your symptoms so we can track results for a safer community. Just as a radar indicates bad weather approaching, the Kidenga app will allow you to check for reports of symptoms in your area regarding the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. This will offer you real-time updates and be just as simple as checking the weather.